Scrabble players are scheduled to match wits when the Guyana Association of Scrabble Players (GASP) convenes at the Malteenoes Cricket Club for the Emancipation Day open on Monday August 2. Already the top seeds have indicated that they would participate in the tournament and picking a winner would not be that easy.
While national champion, Abigail McDonald and Caribbean Champion, Fred Collins are the ones to watch, Moen Gafoor has been enjoying a wonderful run for sometime and could very well upset the two champions. He has recently been in superb form starting with a scintillating victory in the Earl Vigilance Memorial lien trophy at the Mackenzie Sports Club when for the second time he managed to inscribe his name on that trophy.
He followed up that win with another good performance in the Caricom Open Championships on Monday July 5 last to cart off the honours.
However, Gafoor can expect much sterner tests that those in the two previously mentioned tournaments since most of the top rated players that were unable to participate in the above mentioned tournaments will be competing in the upcoming tournament.
He could also envisage keen competition from the distaff category like Yvonne Murray, Grace Hercules and Ruby Cummings.
Add Floyd Carmichael, Orlando Michael, James Krakowsky and RO Michael who has recently regained his form and the battle becomes even more intense.
Recently President of GASP, Moen Gafoor commented that the rookies are now competing fiercely for a top ten ranking and the established players can no longer sit in their comfort zones and assume that they will retain those places. Evidence of the improvement of the rookies is glaring when one notes the improved performances from Maurice Munroe, Michael Benjamin and Ruby Cummings among others.
How the situation pans out is anybody’s guess. One thing is an absolute; the tournament would be keenly contested and could very well boil down to the player with the most extensive vocabulary, wits and a bit of luck with the bag.
Players are urged to be at the venue by 09:30hrs for the registration period and a prompt start at 10:00hrs.
Meanwhile, plans are still in train for the Junior Scrabble tournament for players between the ages of 11-18 on Saturday August 21 next.
This championship would be held in the pavilion of the Malteenoes Sports Club Ground, Thomas lands and competitors would be vying for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes.
The tournament will consist of 4 rounds with each round lasting approximately 1hour with a half hour break after the completion of the first 2 rounds.
This tournament is an integral part of the GASP pilot project to introduce the sport into the schools while enlightening youths about the intricacies of the sport. Participants are asked to walk with their school badges as a part of the entrance criteria and only the first 30 registrants will be allowed to play in the tournament which gets underway at 09:30hrs.
The registration process has already begun and interested persons may call telephone numbers 600-2870, 621-8176, or 623-9568 to be a part of the competition. Registration closes on August 18.
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